Thursday, October 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Skies were mixed with the main period of sunshine coming between lunchtime and late afternoon. The thermometer rose to about 60F, albeit Newport didn’t quite make the cut; Depoe Bay had the area high at 63F though even that felt Autumn chilly. The northwest sea breeze tried, but failed, to get going as gusts never reached much above 10 mph. By late evening, the scattered clouds evaporated and skies were mainly clear overnight with lows in the upper-40s and low-50s. Patchy fog and marine clouds developed briefly around 4:00am, but were dissipating by sunrise, and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F
Depoe Bay: 63F/44F
Forecast: While patchy fog remains a possibility this morning, expect sunshine today with a high near 60F; north winds 5-10 mph maybe gusting 15 or so will make it feel chillier. Patchy fog tonight but mainly clear skies above and cooler as the mercury dips into the low-40s (it may even freeze in parts of the Valley tonight, see Travel below). Mostly sunny again tomorrow, high 60F and light winds. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Saturday, and then a chance of rain Sunday through Wednesday; highs near 60F and lows about 50F through the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures near 45F; partly sunny today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog then partial clearing, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for gradually becoming mostly sunny, west winds gusting 20 mph, high of 65F. For the Cascades, it’s foggy in spots, the passes are dry with temps 35-40F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. NOTE: There’s a chance of icy roads in parts of the Willamette Valley tomorrow morning as the first frost of the season is possible, especially in outlying areas.
Average First Frost Dates…
Eugene: October 16th
Salem: October 17th
Vancouver: October 21st
Troutdale: October 30th
Portland: November 3rd
Astoria: November 6th
Newport: November 13th
Marine: Winds are NE 10-15 knots with seas 6-7 feet at 10 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from noon today through late tonight. Swells building to 11 feet at 14 seconds this afternoon and N winds rising to 15 knots gusting 20-25. Tonight, northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas 10 feet at 13 seconds. A NE breeze 15-20 knots is expected tomorrow, seas falling from 9 to 7 feet by afternoon. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots Saturday through Monday, swells 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* Though not meeting official high surf advisory criteria, today’s waves will be large enough that you should stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on sandy beaches and rocky shores. Surf of this size can sweep people off rocks and beaches.
10/22 Thu 08:47 AM 7.06 H
10/22 Thu 02:33 PM 2.90 L
10/22 Thu 08:32 PM 7.03 H
10/23 Fri 02:57 AM 0.74 L
In Short: Mainly Clear, moderate winds, cool nights, then cloudy and chance of rain.